Nature as adversary: the rise of modern economic conceptions of nature

Earl Gammon

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    This article problematizes the reliance of ecological economics on neo-classical economic analysis by revealing an adversarial conception of nature in modern economic ontology. It traces the rise in post-classical economics of this adversarial conception, which superseded the idea of a natural moral economy in classical political economy. The origins of this transformation in the conception of nature are located in the breakdown of the long-standing project of natural theology in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century, precipitated by the geological controversies of the 1820s and 1830s.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)218-246
    Number of pages29
    JournalEconomy and Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

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